It was halfway through Stephen Poliakoff's new movie Glorius 39 that I drew a comparison with The 39 Steps - I thought because it was a well crafted spy thriller. Afterwards my mum suggested it might have been because of the number 39. Oh yeah.

In this '39' refers to the year, the second world war is imminent. There was a society of poeple (mainly aristocratic) who believed that Britain's landscape and culture would be destroyed if it entered into war with Germany. They though that a pact with Hitler, including giving financial aid, would be preferable.